Tuesday, December 12th was an exciting day at the Schroth Center, when Santa Claus arrived with about 70 student athletes from Monmouth University to spread some holiday cheer to the children at Schroth School and also pop into some of the adult classrooms. Associate Athletic Director of Academic Support Tom Bieber accompanied the students for the 10th year; Monmouth University has been sending athletes for the last 19 years! The Monmouth students receive lists from each Schroth School classroom, raise money to buy the gifts, wrap them and personally deliver them, visiting each classroom with Santa as he hands them out.
Students Russell Clayton, football player and Miranda Constantinides, soccer player were both excited to share some Christmas cheer with the children. This was Russell’s first year, and he felt it was a great opportunity for the college students to give back to the community and give the children something to look forward to. Miranda, a nursing student, was back for her 4th year; she commented on how much the kids love it, and how the students get so much out of the experience, as well. The athletic teams were each asked to send representatives, and due to the fact that there were no classes for the day, the turn-out was especially large. The students come not because they have to, but because they feel it’s a great way to do something special at Christmas.
Santa also stopped by to see some of the adult clients, many of whom were as excited as the children to see him, get a hug and have their picture taken.
We would like to thank Santa, Tom and the student athletes of Monmouth University for taking the time out of their busy schedules (just before Finals Week!) to come and share their holiday spirit with our little ones and older ones, as well! Everyone had a great time!